Let us pause to remember our Fallen Hero, Officer Antonio M. Kelsey, lost this day in 1980 while attempting to arrest a narcotics suspect in George Sector.
Officer Kelsey was born on March 15, 1957, in Washington, D.C. He joined the Prince George’s County Police Department on December 5, 1978. Upon completion of his Academy training, Ofc. Kelsey was assigned to the Seat Pleasant Station.
On the evening of February 2, 1980, Ofc. Kelsey was working a plainclothes, secondary employment assignment at Cox’s Liquor Store at 7200 George Palmer Highway (now Martin Luther King, Jr. Highway) Kentland, Maryland. At approximately 2100 hours Ofc. Kelsey observed a subject inside of the establishment who was in possession of marijuana. The officer challenged the subject, at which point he fled on foot. Ofc. Kelsey gave chase and caught the subject in front of 7112 Columbia Park Rd. Kentland, Maryland, where a struggle ensued. During the struggle, the subject gained control of the officer’s service weapon and opened fire, fatally striking Ofc. Kelsey.
Ofc. Kelsey served the Prince George’s County Police Department for one year and was the 11th member of this Agency to make the Ultimate Sacrifice. He was the 18th law enforcement officer to give his life in service to this Profession within Prince George’s County, Maryland.
At the time of his death, Officer Antonio M. Kelsey was 22 years old and survived by his parents.